KISS’ talented musician Tommy Thayer was recently interviewed by Heavy Magazine of Australia and revealed the never-before-told story of his first show with KISS.
As you will read his statements right below, Tommy admitted that they were having problems with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley.
Here is his statements, transcribed by Blabber Mouth:
“My first official gig was in Australia at the ‘KISS Symphony’ show in Melbourne, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. That was quite a coming-out for me. I’d say I was a little nervous going into that one, but I pulled it off…
I had been around the band. I was traveling with them, working behind the scenes. I was producing [and] directing videos, and they were having problems with Peter [Criss] and Ace [Frehley]. I was around, and I ended up filling in on a few shows, to begin with. There were a private concert and some TV shows in 2002 that I did, so by the time I did the ‘Symphony’ show, it just kind of evolved naturally.
“There never was really a moment where they said, ‘We want you to join KISS.’ I don’t even really remember saying that they wanted me to be the guitar player. It was just kind of like, ‘Tommy, we’re doing this.’ The one thing I do remember is I was sitting down having a meeting with Gene and Paul in 2002. I think we were looking at the ‘Symphony’ show in a couple of months, and they said, ‘You’d better start growing your hair again because you’re going to be on stage.’ That was my directive — to grow my hair again.”
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